Director, BC Industrial Relations

Based in Vancouver, BC and reporting to the Senior Vice-President, Operations & Member Services and the Vice-President, BC Industrial Relations, the Director, BC Industrial Relations manages the day-to-day administration of the CMPA-BC’s British Columbia collective agreements and is the deputy to the Vice-President, BC Industrial Relations in collective bargaining, working alongside him/her to ensure the smooth preparation for and execution of all negotiations.

What you will do

Industrial relations

  • Assist in the development of strategies for collective bargaining including consulting with members on issues and concepts
  • Lead in the drafting of bargaining proposals, memorandums of agreement and collective agreements
  • Lead the coordination of negotiations in Vancouver and assist in other jurisdictions as appropriate
  • Maintain the BC IR Committee including keeping members informed of ongoing files and issues, consulting and gaining feedback where appropriate
  • Research and answer member inquiries respecting labour relations matters and collective agreement interpretations
  • Support and advocate for members before, during and after the grievance and arbitration process
  • Lead on health and safety related initiatives including representing the CMPA-BC on related committees, drafting guidance and providing advice to members on related subjects
  • Address issues with the unions as they arise, including matters outside the Collective Agreements
  • Undertake research projects and compile reports in relation to various labour relations issues
  • Draft communications to members in relation to industrial relations and health and safety news and updates
  • Supervise the maintenance of all industrial relations records including files for collective bargaining, grievances and arbitrations, and other IR related files
  • Participate on national IR files as appropriate
  • Build strong relationships with union representatives in order to support labour relations stability within the film, television and digital media industry
  • Work with the unions and other industry stakeholders on industrial relations and industry related matters including representing the CMPA-BC on various working groups and subcommittees
  • Lead CMPA-BC involvement in community affairs initiatives
  • Assist Vice-President, BC Industrial Relations in any other duties as required

Project management

  • Manage projects for the Branch, including budget preparation and reporting, as required

Operations and member Services

  • Provide advice and information to producers in relation to CMPA membership options, benefits and administration fees
  • Keep abreast of industry trends and identify issues and opportunities for members
  • Prepare revenue forecasts and production volume statistics for presentation to the Branch Council
  • Coordinate BC Permittee memberships
  • Attend events to promote and raise awareness of CMPA membership

Skills and capabilities

  • Expert relationship builder with the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a wide range of stakeholders both at, and away from, the bargaining table
  • Creative problem-solver with exceptional interpersonal skills, a highly collaborative approach adaptable to a wide range of personalities and settings, and an ability to manage multiple and competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to see around corners, thinking, planning and acting strategically, thereby anticipating and managing both challenges and opportunities
  • Demonstrates superior analytical skills, communicates well in both written and oral form, and is exceptionally detail-oriented
  • High ethical standards
  • A willingness to roll up his/her sleeves and a commitment to the CMPA and its members combine to allow him/her to do what is necessary to get the job done, while earning and maintaining the respect of CMPA and industry colleagues.

Education and experience

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in Human Resources, Business or Law
  • Minimum three to four years of relevant labour relations experience including positive resolution of multi-stakeholder conflicts
  • Experience in the film, television and digital media industry is preferred
  • Knowledge of the BC Labour Code is an asset


  • Flexibility required for irregular hours in bargaining
  • Ability to travel on a semi-regular basis